Helping cats with IBD is challenging. The vast number of symptoms that can result in this diagnosis make this disease all the more complicated.
A cat’s digestive system is very complex – yet all these IBD symptoms are commonly treated the same: Steroids, metronidazole (or flagyl), and prescription diets.
For cats with IBD, these treatments often provide temporary relief only. We find ourselves in terrible cycle of flare-ups, vet visits expenses and heartbreak as we watch our cats suffer. And sadly, these conventional approaches are only treating symptoms and come with side-effects of their own.
So let’s look at some basics that can help stop this vicious cycle and give our cats real relief!
Food For Cats With IBD
Food is always so important – but especially so when dealing with digestive issues. Cats are obligate carnivores – so eating a species appropriate diet gives their bodies the best chance at optimal health.
However, when cats are going through a digestive flare-up (vomiting, diarrhea, not eating), a bland diet (never kibble/dry food) is best. This gives their digestive system a chance to rest and recover.
During an IBD flare-up, prepare a diet of 50% cooked, ground turkey and 50% pure pumpkin or sweet potato until symptoms subside. Then return to a balanced fresh, freeze dried, or raw food diet.
Supplements For Cats With IBD
Enhancing the diet with supplements helps address the root causes of IBD. Supplementation helps rebuild and restore a cat’s gut by reducing inflammation and replenishing deficiencies – which addresses the root causes of IBD. Not only does this also reduce the symptoms, it provides the body with the tools needed to rest and recover.
Digestive enzymes, antioxidants and vitamin B12 are some of the powerful tools the body needs – as these are common deficiencies for cats with IBD. A quality probiotic is also recommended to replenishing the good bacteria in the gut, helping to balance healthy digestion. Slippery Elm is a natural digestive aid that soothes the stomach and helps stop diarrhea.
The best part about these helpful supplements? There are no side-effects associated with the traditional treatments and they are addressing the root causes of IBD. Even cats that are being treated with traditional medications can use these natural supplements to help counter side effects and start restoring their gut. 🙂